Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida and chair of the Democratic National Committee, will be in Portland on Monday to promote the Congressional and gubernatorial candidates.
Schultz will highlight the party’s candidates as “the clear choice this November for Maine women and working families,” according to a press release from Maine Democrats.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democratic nominee for governor, is facing criticism — particularly from independent candidate Eliot Cutler — over his evolution on women’s issues, such as abortion.
Michaud began his three-decade political career as a social conservative who opposed a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion, but in recent years has changed his position. He now “will unequivocally support and protect a woman’s right to make her own personal private medical decisions.”
Michaud, meanwhile, has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL ProChoice America. He has also rolled out policies to help women in the workplace, including closing the wage gap between men and women.
Maine Democrats will touch on issues they feel are important to women, including health care and equal pay.
Shenna Bellows, who is looking to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins, will be the only Democratic candidate not in attendance, since she is currently conducting a 350-mile “Walk Across Maine” from Houlton to Kittery.
Democratic candidates expected to be in attendance include Michaud, who is in a three-way race with Cutler to unseat Gov. Paul LePage; Rep. Chellie Pingree, who is being challenged by 25-year-old Republican Isaac Misiuk for the 1st Congressional District seat; and Emily Cain, who is facing Republican Bruce Poliquin for the 2nd District seat being vacated by Michaud.
The “Women Take Action Rally” will take place on Monday at 11 a.m. in the Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library.